OTTAWA, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ -
Telephone Press Briefing:
The Impact of Tar Sands on US-Canada Climate and Energy Policies
What: In advance of President Obama and Prime Minister Harper's meeting
at the White House on Sept. 16, U.S. and Canadian climate, energy and
security experts will lay out the major cross-border climate and energy
issues that are likely to be discussed. This meeting comes as both
countries are working on domestic legislation and international
negotiations around climate and energy.
Canada's climate policies have been widely criticized, in part for their
attempts to protect the high-carbon tar sands oil industry. And, in the
U.S., oil industry interests in tar sands are potentially undermining
the clean energy agenda of the administration. The panelists will discuss
these issues, along with the broader climate, energy and national
- Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Canada Program Director, Natural Resources
- Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence Canada
- Jonathan Powers, COO, Truman National Security Project
- Angela Anderson, Program Director, US Climate Action Network
Where: By Phone: Journalists call 613-233-1979 or 866-696-5910 (U.S.
Call ID: 7017328; Journalists only, please.
When: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM EST
Climate Action Network Canada and the U.S. Climate Action Network have also sent a letter to President Obama on this issue which can be viewed at: www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/issues/uscan-cancanada-letter-2009-09-14.pdf
For more information on tar sands, please see: www.dirtyoilsands.org.
Climate Action Network Canada and the United States Climate Action Network represent more than 100 leading organizations in the United States and Canada that are working together to prevent catastrophic climate change and promote sustainable and equitable solutions. More information on Climate Action Network Canada is available at: www.climateactionnetwork.ca. More information on US Climate Action Network is available at: www.usclimatenetwork.org
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. More information on NRDC is available at its Web site: www.nrdc.org.
SOURCE CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK CANADA
For further information: For further information: Keith Schneider, US Climate Action Network, (231) 920-0745; Hannah McKinnon, Climate Action Network Canada, (613) 241-4413 or (613) 276-7791 (cell); Michael Oko, Natural Resources Defense Council, (202) 513-6245 or (202) 904-5245 (cell)